This Week #22

14th June 2016

6th – 12th June 2016


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On Wednesday, Marion had a busy day of briefings & meetings, including the weekly gathering of the Education Select Committee. Also on the agenda for Marion was being present at Prime Minister’s Questions, where SNP Westminster Group Leader Angus Robertson urged David Cameron to adopt a positive campaign for remaining in the EU.

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Marion took the opportunity on Thursday to question the Leader of the House, Chris Grayling, on the processing times of asylum applications. Marion’s constituency office has assisted many local people with immigration issues, including asylum applications, and in some cases members of the community have been waiting over a year for their applications to be processed. During their time here these constituents have been been entirely self-sufficient, costing the taxpayer absolutely nothing. Despite this they continue to await a decision from the Home Office – an unacceptable period of time to be in a state of limbo.

Marion was keen to ask for a debate to be scheduled on the length of time it takes to process applications for asylum.

 

Mr Grayling’s reply was unsatisfactory and was clearly not relevant to the question that Marion had posed him. And while Mr Grayling claimed that the UK has a “long tradition” for providing people with refuge, the UK Government has pledged to take only a fraction of Syrian refugees – 20,000 – and only a small amount of the unaccompanied children fleeing war and persecution – 3,000.

The UK Government are willing to stall asylum applications and refuse vulnerable families simply to meet draconian immigration targets. This unforgivable policy is costing lives and casting great uncertainty on peoples’ futures.

Marion was also in attendance at a Westminster Hall debate on stillbirth, secured by fellow SNP MP Patricia Gibson, in which the Motherwell and Wishaw MP provided a summing up. This can be read in its entirety here.



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On Friday, Marion was back working in the constituency, including hosting the second meeting of the Poverty Action Network – the network of local organisations brought together by Marion in order to work together in the fight against poverty in the area.